High Risk Breast Clinic FAQ
The High Risk Breast Clinic offers patients with an increased risk of developing breast cancer an opportunity to be proactive and take control of their breast health. At your inital appointment, your provider will perform an exam and in-depth review of your personal and family history. The plan that is developed for you will provide screening recommendations that can potentially detect disease in an early stage.
Who is a candidate for the High Risk Breast Clinic?
- Those with a high percentage of dense breast tissue and an elevated lifetime risk score (IBIS)
- Family history of breast or ovarian cancer
- Genetic markers such as gene mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2
- History of abnormal breast biopsies
For more information on your level of risk, take our breast cancer risk assessment.
1. What makes the High Risk Breast Clinic different than other breast services?
The clinic encompasses a collaborative team of providers from a variety of specialties. Providers from obstetrics & gynecology, surgery and breast services work together to develop a personalized care plan for each high risk patient. Our program focuses on a proactive approach which is important in detecting cancer at an earlier stage or decreasing overall risk.
2. What happens at your first appointment?
At your first appointment, you will meet with a High Risk Breast Clinic provider who will discuss your risk and risk factors, perform a breast exam and will go through your family history and imaging. You may be contacted prior to your appointment so we can begin gathering this information for the IBIS risk calculation. The initial appointment typically lasts approximately 15 to 30 minutes and you will leave with a personalized, in-depth care plan and peace of mind.
Your first appointment may also include:
- Comprehensive breast cancer screening using technology specifically designed for dense breasts
- Full genetic risk evaluation and a possible referral to a genetic counselor
- Risk reduction strategies – lifestyle modifications, preventive procedures, tests and additional screenings
- Information about other beneficial Duly Health and Care programs
Based on the results of this initial appointment, you may be referred to radiology for imaging, a genetic counselor and/or a surgeon.
3. What if my screening detects breast cancer?
If cancer is detected from a screening, your medical team of experts will create a care plan individualized to your needs. A variety of treatment options will be discussed depending on your personal diagnosis. Detecting cancer in its early stages is important in fighting the disease.
4. How can I make an appointment at the High Risk Breast Clinic?
If you feel you are a candidate for the High Risk Breast Clinic, please call your primary care physician or obstetrician/gynecologist for a referral to see one of our providers. For additional information, please visit dulyhealthandcare.com/services/high-risk-breast-clinic.